Modi’s visit to US and Indian IPR issues

CSOs concerned over timing of IP policy review in India
Published in SUNS  dated 25 September 2014

Geneva, 24 Sep (Kanaga Raja) — Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, a number of civil society organisations and prominent individuals in India have raised concerns over the timing of a Ministry-level review of the country’s intellectual property rights (IPR) policy.In a statement issued on 23 September, they warned that the proposed exercise could become “hostage to pressures of the US government and companies.”

Among the notable individuals that signed the statement are Dr Nityanand, Eminent Scientist and former Director of the Central Drug Research Institute; Mr S. P. Shukla, former Ambassador to GATT and Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Planning; Prof. Muchkund Dubey, President of the Council for Social Development and former Foreign Secretary; Mr B. L. Das, former Ambassador to GATT; Mr Anand Grover,

Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital

Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital?

Olav Kjorven 15/07/2014.

The headline of this article might sound like an oddity, but hear me out
on this. Negotiators at the United Nations are currently debating a new
global development agenda under the headings of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. They are discussing whether things ranging from child nutrition to road safety to violence against women should be part of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will pick up from where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) leave us by the end of 2015. It’s an expert’s dream circus.

But let me offer three quick snapshots to try and convince you that agreeing on shared global development goals, and then actually achieving them, depends on more than expert — or even market — solutions. They require a good dose of faith and spirited energy and action.


MMS& UN News- July

Celine with UN Special Raportuer of Human Trafficking




Good news from the UN foundation: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations- shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty, improving health, and saving lives.

Some of the important findings:  

  • The number of children who die before the age of 5 has been reduced by nearly half. In 1990, an estimated 12.6 million children died before the age of 5. By 2012, that number had been cut to an estimated 6.6 million children.
  •  Global actions to prevent and treat malaria averted an estimated 3.3 million deaths, mostly of children under 5, from 2000 to 2012.
  • The proportion of people living in extreme poverty was cut in half between 1990 and 2010.
  • All developing regions in the world have achieved, or are close to achieving, gender parity in

UN Conference

Dear friends

We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, which will take place in New York from 27 to 29 August of this year, is now open.

Registration will close on 13 August 2014.

Please register as soon as possible, especially if you are travelling from abroad and need a VISA.

We look forward to seeing you in New York.


NGO Relations Team
Department of Public Information
United Nations Headquarters in New York


Those interested please contact Celine Paramunda for registration latest by August 10th.

Post 2015 Development Agenda- Challenges

One of the two  Key note presenters- Celine Paramunda,  at CSW 58

 a parallel  event by the Intentional Council of women


2 scenarios, 1. I met  Lakshmi   in Chennai, who lost their  land  to Hundai  car manufacturing  company  under the promise of getting a job  2.  Rani is a widow in AP S.India struggles to raise her 3 kids ever since she lost her husband- he is one among the 270 000 farmers who  committed suicide as they were  pushed in to  debt trap by GMO- seed company . There are 100s and thousands of stories like this. As we move from MDGs to SDGs the question is: What does development mean for these people?

“   the current framework do not address several structural issues. We cannot expect to make progress unless we address these underpinning barriers to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights”    Lakshmi Puri –   …

The United Nations and the Ekraine issue

 UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) – When the crisis in Ukraine moved into the august chambers of the Security Council last week, it was virtually dead on arrival. After two meetings last Saturday and Monday, the Council remained politically deadlocked, unable or unwilling either to adopt a resolution or come up with the lowest common denominator: a presidential statement with the concurrence of its 15 members “We have a predictable standoff in the Security Council, just as it happened in most previous phases of this long-running rivalry.” — Stephen Zunes Still, James Paul, who served for more than 19 years as the executive director of the New York-based Global Policy Forum, does not rule out the significance of the United Nations in the ongoing political turbulence in Ukraine. “This is a situation where multilateral diplomacy is needed and peacemaking is urgently required,” Paul told IPS. The United Nations can